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2023-01-03 6:33 AM

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Subject: Marvelous Manatees - Stronger than Ever!

Welcome to the 2023 edition of the Manatees. Our motto this year is (dooo eeettt) Stronger than Ever!  We are all mentors and mentees, which sounds like manatees--hence our name. Some iteration of this group has been going on for enough seasons and we've lost track of what season we are in! All experience levels and goals welcome.

We have soon-to-triathletes, multiple-iron finishers, runners, cyclists and swimming specialists. We range from slow to fast, and beginner to veteran, but most of us are somewhere in the middle of all that. Our training philosophies, gear, objectives and methods are similarly varied. We are very committed to health and to each other. We are an extremely supportive and active group. Inactive Manatees make us sad so please post to this forum frequently.

  • Please check in regularly (even to admit you're procrastinating or overwhelmed) and be passionate.
  • Keeping up your training log (metrics) and/or training blog (words) be in BT here on BT and opening it to other group members is mandatory. If your devices do not allow you to post in BT, then post a link to where we can see it (Strava, etc.) in your Dashboard. This helps us all connect through messages such as Inspires and PM's, which some of us do on a regular basis. (If you don't know how, we'll help you). We have members that have been here a while and really know how this site works. We are ready and willing to help you navigate through the wealth of resources found on BT and elsewhere.
  • We use a variety of other tools, including Strava, to encourage, support, and get to know each other better.

We believe the journey is the reward, and look forward to having you as a fellow traveler and a friend.

As always, any former Manatees are welcome at any time. To join, please respond to this message and include (or later add) your bio.

Please post a brief bio to the thread to introduce or reintroduce yourself by adding information in the format below and/or whatever you'd like to share.  No bio, no joinee.

NAME: What you're actually called in the real world.

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Strava or whatever name/handle you use from any other social media site if you'd like us to follow along.

STORY: Who you are, why you want to do endurance/multisport, any athletic background

FAMILY STATUS: Family situation (single/partnered/family/pets, especially pets)

CURRENT TRAINING: If/how you have been training so far

THIS YEAR'S RACES/EVENTS: If any have been chosen or are on the possibilities list.

GOALS/OBJECTIVES/DESIRES: What do you hope to get out of this?

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MANATEE: Why do you want to join this group?



2023-01-03 6:42 AM
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NAME: Your jmkizer / Janyne

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava (https://www.strava.com/athletes/2586241), Twitter (@jmkizer).  I'm reluctantly on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jmkizer) but trying to get off. 

STORY: I'm 55, married with one dog, Zoe. We live near Raleigh, NC. I’ve worked at NC State University for 25+ years doing computer support. Most of that time has been working for NC State Extension supporting the offices in our 100 counties.

FAMILY STATUS: Married with one dog.

CURRENT TRAINING: I currently in the build phase preparing for the Assault on the Carolinas ride on April Fools Day.

2023 RACES/EVENTS:

This is what I have penciled in on the calendar. I'm not sure what will actually happen. In fact, you may recognize this list of events from last year!

  • Assault on the Carolinas ride in April
  • Race to Valhalla (gravel) in May
  • Loudoun gravel ride in June

GOALS: Have fun!

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: I enjoy supporting my Manatee friends! I have learned a lot from past Manatee groups and I hope to learn from this group as well!

2023-01-03 8:21 AM
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Originally posted by jmkizer

NAME: Your jmkizer / Janyne

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava (https://www.strava.com/athletes/2586241), Twitter (@jmkizer).  I'm reluctantly on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jmkizer) but trying to get off. 

STORY: I'm 55, married with one dog, Zoe. We live near Raleigh, NC. I’ve worked at NC State University for 25+ years doing computer support. Most of that time has been working for NC State Extension supporting the offices in our 100 counties.

FAMILY STATUS: Married with one dog.

CURRENT TRAINING: I currently in the build phase preparing for the Assault on the Carolinas ride on April Fools Day.

2023 RACES/EVENTS:

This is what I have penciled in on the calendar. I'm not sure what will actually happen. In fact, you may recognize this list of events from last year!

  • Assault on the Carolinas ride in April
  • Race to Valhalla (gravel) in May
  • Loudoun gravel ride in June

GOALS: Have fun!

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: I enjoy supporting my Manatee friends! I have learned a lot from past Manatee groups and I hope to learn from this group as well!

Hi Janyne! Thanks for keeping us going - er, floating since we are manatees? Happy New Year to you! 

2023-01-03 9:04 AM
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NAME: amd723/ Ann-Marie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava ( unlike Janyne I have no idea what my Strava address is or even how to find it), I’m on twitter ( @fionnmac723) but i don’t really post much and what I do trends liberal so be warned!, and FB but also don’t really post unless it’s on the wire haired pointing griffon site !

STORY: I'm an attorney for a law enforcement agency. Ive been there for 20 years . Before that I was a prosecutor. I am now thinking about when I can retire and cursing the stock market.

FAMILY STATUS: I’m single, no kids but I do have a dog (Teddy) who is at least as much work as a child.

CURRENT TRAINING: I am currently in a sort of base stage for Chattanooga 70.3 while also being on the DL. It’s a fun mix.

2023 RACES/EVENTS:

The only thing I’m currently signed up for is Chatty 70.3  I hope to do some 5-10ks but those are on the back burner until I can actually run again.

GOALS: Get healed and stay that way! Always have fun.

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: I enjoy supporting my Manatee friends! I have learned a lot from past Manatee groups and I hope to learn from this group as well! I stole this from Janyne, bc I agree with the sentiment. 

 



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2023-01-03 11:05 AM
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NAME: Jen 

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava - i use juniperjen there - you should find me if you want! Garmin Connect - jkolstein (i've had that one since before I was married 12 years ago!), on Instagram and Facebook - though i use Instagram more - also @juniper_jen176

STORY: 42 year old busy mom life - but love running and triathlon which I started before I had kids. I've done pretty much all the run distances up to the marathon and same with triathlon up to Ironman. Trying to find the fun or love of it again as i move through the years and my training and life changes. I really need to get back to more social training which really fires me up. And this site really helps that!  My son is 5 and since he was born i've done 6 half marathons and a half Ironman ... i feel slower but i am still at it! :D 

FAMILY STATUS: In that busy family time of life - married, 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and a new pup named Bingo who is a very sweet black lab (just 8 months old)

CURRENT TRAINING: Mostly running and strength training at the moment

2023 RACES/EVENTS: signed up for the Chilly Half Marathon March 5 and planning to do some short tris (oly or less) this summer but need to figure out more about family life before I register. then maybe a fun Fall run race ... 

GOALS: Find the fun and do what I enjoy! 

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: It's so great to be a part of this community to share what's on our minds, to hear about races, and tri news (thanks Janyne for keeping us up on that!) and I love cheering people on - if you add me to your Strava I give ALLLL the kudos! 



Edited by juniperjen 2023-01-03 11:07 AM
2023-01-03 11:52 AM
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NAME: Leanne

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: I'm on Facebook, Strava and IG (canadarn2001 & johnslers_kitchen)

STORY: I was a sport enthusiast growing up (hockey, ringette, baseball, soccer, golf, volleyball, track & field and cross country). In my late 20s I got back into running. Then I met my now husband who was training for an Ironman. I watched him finish IMFL in 2006 and decided that day I was going to do an Ironman. I started with short distances and finished my IMAZ in 2009 & 2011. During that time I also did numerous half ironman and started to run further distances. I am a runner at heart. I have completed many half marathons, 20+ marathons, a few 50 kms, two 50 milers and attempted 100 miles in 2019 only to DNF at mile 81.75. I developed Osteitis pubis (essentially arthritis the pubis symphysis area) which side lined me in 2020 but slowly but surely returned to running. I completed my first 100 mile race this past year in 2022 @ Umstead in Raleigh, NC. I also came out of triathlon retirement and completed 5 triathlons last year. This year I am continuing my triathlon journey. Right now I am loving the 70.3 distance.

FAMILY STATUS: Married to Scott since 2007 (who is also an Ironman) but also an avid surfer and stand up paddle boarder. We got married in Kona, Hawaii, 3 days after the Ironman (Chrissy Wellington and Chris Mc Cormack won that year!) We have two cats (Tyrone and Bella) who are almost 16 years old!


CURRENT TRAINING: Currently training for triathlon. I have two 70.3 races on the calendar this year.

THIS YEAR'S EVENTS: Wrightsville Beach 1/2 marathon, White Lake International (spring), Chattanooga 70.3, Lahti 70.3, White Lake International (fall), Kiawah Island 1/2 marathon.


GOALS/OBJECTIVES/DESIRES: My word of the year is "Joy" just like last year but I have also added simplify and consistency. I will continue to do all things that bring me joy (training/racing/interacting with like minded people), reduce the clutter in my life & home so I have more time to spend doing things that bring me joy and be consistent with my training.

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MANATEE: I love cheering others on and seeing people achieve their goals and become the best versions of themselves!


2023-01-03 11:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Marvelous Manatees - Stronger than Ever!
Originally posted by juniperjen

NAME: Jen 

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava - i use juniperjen there - you should find me if you want! Garmin Connect - jkolstein (i've had that one since before I was married 12 years ago!), on Instagram and Facebook - though i use Instagram more - also @juniper_jen176

STORY: 42 year old busy mom life - but love running and triathlon which I started before I had kids. I've done pretty much all the run distances up to the marathon and same with triathlon up to Ironman. Trying to find the fun or love of it again as i move through the years and my training and life changes. I really need to get back to more social training which really fires me up. And this site really helps that!  My son is 5 and since he was born i've done 6 half marathons and a half Ironman ... i feel slower but i am still at it! :D 

FAMILY STATUS: In that busy family time of life - married, 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and a new pup named Bingo who is a very sweet black lab (just 8 months old)

CURRENT TRAINING: Mostly running and strength training at the moment

2023 RACES/EVENTS: signed up for the Chilly Half Marathon March 5 and planning to do some short tris (oly or less) this summer but need to figure out more about family life before I register. then maybe a fun Fall run race ... 

GOALS: Find the fun and do what I enjoy! 

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: It's so great to be a part of this community to share what's on our minds, to hear about races, and tri news (thanks Janyne for keeping us up on that!) and I love cheering people on - if you add me to your Strava I give ALLLL the kudos! 




I just found you on IG. So fun!
2023-01-03 11:57 AM
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Originally posted by amd723

 

NAME: amd723/ Ann-Marie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava ( unlike Janyne I have no idea what my Strava address is or even how to find it), I’m on twitter ( @fionnmac723) but i don’t really post much and what I do trends liberal so be warned!, and FB but also don’t really post unless it’s on the wire haired pointing griffon site !

STORY: I'm an attorney for a law enforcement agency. Ive been there for 20 years . Before that I was a prosecutor. I am now thinking about when I can retire and cursing the stock market.

FAMILY STATUS: I’m single, no kids but I do have a dog (Teddy) who is at least as much work as a child.

CURRENT TRAINING: I am currently in a sort of base stage for Chattanooga 70.3 while also being on the DL. It’s a fun mix.

2023 RACES/EVENTS:

The only thing I’m currently signed up for is Chatty 70.3  I hope to do some 5-10ks but those are on the back burner until I can actually run again.

GOALS: Get healed and stay that way! Always have fun.

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: I enjoy supporting my Manatee friends! I have learned a lot from past Manatee groups and I hope to learn from this group as well! I stole this from Janyne, bc I agree with the sentiment. 

 




Let's plan a meet up in Chattanooga. We can take a pic to prove it!
2023-01-03 11:59 AM
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I'm so grateful you put this group together! Also grateful I found you all last year!
2023-01-03 12:27 PM
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Welcome back, Jen, Ann-Marie, and Leanne!

2023-01-03 12:31 PM
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Originally posted by canadarn2001 I'm so grateful you put this group together! Also grateful I found you all last year!

We need to have meet ups this year!



2023-01-03 4:23 PM
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Thank you, Janyne, for keeping us going!

NAME: Melanie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava: Melanie Payton, Twitter: @mpayton15 (I don't post much), Facebook: Melanie (Landis) Payton

STORY: Formerly very active in triathlon, looking to possibly get that back, or at least back to being active, period.  The COVID years haven't been good to me as I recently slipped even from my favorites of biking and swimming (then running, LOL).  Currently playing ice hockey (goalie), so at least something.  I enjoy most anything outdoors: hiking, kayaking, S/B/R, photography, etc.  This past year has been one of the least active in my adult life, I think.  Not proud of that fact.

FAMILY STATUS: Married and caring for my dear, aging Jack Russell: she'll be 17 in March!!

CURRENT TRAINING: See story

THIS YEAR'S RACES/EVENTS: None chosen or registered for yet.  I had a goal of getting some running races accomplished, like some bucket list HMs but I've not been consistent at my restarts of running. Might do swim events or tris, we'll see.

GOALS/OBJECTIVES/DESIRES: I want to get back to a better level of activity and drop some weight (again, thanks, COVID years)

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MANATEE: The Manatees are such a supportive, good group of good people.  I can add my $.02 here and there on some topics and I try to encourage with inspires, even if not quite often enough.

2023-01-03 5:42 PM
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Originally posted by melbo55

Thank you, Janyne, for keeping us going!

NAME: Melanie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava: Melanie Payton, Twitter: @mpayton15 (I don't post much), Facebook: Melanie (Landis) Payton

STORY: Formerly very active in triathlon, looking to possibly get that back, or at least back to being active, period.  The COVID years haven't been good to me as I recently slipped even from my favorites of biking and swimming (then running, LOL).  Currently playing ice hockey (goalie), so at least something.  I enjoy most anything outdoors: hiking, kayaking, S/B/R, photography, etc.  This past year has been one of the least active in my adult life, I think.  Not proud of that fact.

FAMILY STATUS: Married and caring for my dear, aging Jack Russell: she'll be 17 in March!!

CURRENT TRAINING: See story

THIS YEAR'S RACES/EVENTS: None chosen or registered for yet.  I had a goal of getting some running races accomplished, like some bucket list HMs but I've not been consistent at my restarts of running. Might do swim events or tris, we'll see.

GOALS/OBJECTIVES/DESIRES: I want to get back to a better level of activity and drop some weight (again, thanks, COVID years)

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MANATEE: The Manatees are such a supportive, good group of good people.  I can add my $.02 here and there on some topics and I try to encourage with inspires, even if not quite often enough.

Welcome back!

2023-01-03 5:51 PM
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Originally posted by canadarn2001
Originally posted by amd723

 

NAME: amd723/ Ann-Marie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava ( unlike Janyne I have no idea what my Strava address is or even how to find it), I’m on twitter ( @fionnmac723) but i don’t really post much and what I do trends liberal so be warned!, and FB but also don’t really post unless it’s on the wire haired pointing griffon site !

STORY: I'm an attorney for a law enforcement agency. Ive been there for 20 years . Before that I was a prosecutor. I am now thinking about when I can retire and cursing the stock market.

FAMILY STATUS: I’m single, no kids but I do have a dog (Teddy) who is at least as much work as a child.

CURRENT TRAINING: I am currently in a sort of base stage for Chattanooga 70.3 while also being on the DL. It’s a fun mix.

2023 RACES/EVENTS:

The only thing I’m currently signed up for is Chatty 70.3  I hope to do some 5-10ks but those are on the back burner until I can actually run again.

GOALS: Get healed and stay that way! Always have fun.

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: I enjoy supporting my Manatee friends! I have learned a lot from past Manatee groups and I hope to learn from this group as well! I stole this from Janyne, bc I agree with the sentiment. 

 

Let's plan a meet up in Chattanooga. We can take a pic to prove it!

Sounds like a plan!  Now, what is ringette?!

2023-01-04 4:06 AM
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Originally posted by amd723

Originally posted by canadarn2001
Originally posted by amd723

 

NAME: amd723/ Ann-Marie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava ( unlike Janyne I have no idea what my Strava address is or even how to find it), I’m on twitter ( @fionnmac723) but i don’t really post much and what I do trends liberal so be warned!, and FB but also don’t really post unless it’s on the wire haired pointing griffon site !

STORY: I'm an attorney for a law enforcement agency. Ive been there for 20 years . Before that I was a prosecutor. I am now thinking about when I can retire and cursing the stock market.

FAMILY STATUS: I’m single, no kids but I do have a dog (Teddy) who is at least as much work as a child.

CURRENT TRAINING: I am currently in a sort of base stage for Chattanooga 70.3 while also being on the DL. It’s a fun mix.

2023 RACES/EVENTS:

The only thing I’m currently signed up for is Chatty 70.3  I hope to do some 5-10ks but those are on the back burner until I can actually run again.

GOALS: Get healed and stay that way! Always have fun.

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: I enjoy supporting my Manatee friends! I have learned a lot from past Manatee groups and I hope to learn from this group as well! I stole this from Janyne, bc I agree with the sentiment. 

 

Let's plan a meet up in Chattanooga. We can take a pic to prove it!

Sounds like a plan!  Now, what is ringette?!




Ringette! It's the best sport in the history of sports. It's like hockey but you use a stick WITHOUT a blade. You use a blue rubber ring (instead of a puck) which you pass up and down the ice using your stick. It's 5 on 5 with a goalie like hockey but the rules are different such as you have to pass over the blue lines. It's played only by GIRLS. It was really popular when I was growing up then as the years went on my entire team switched to hockey. Not sure if it's still popular. I think it's a Canadian thing. I bet Jenn played!

2023-01-04 4:12 AM
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Happy New Year Manatees!
I've been remiss in checking the forum but hope to do better in 2023. Will post up my bio a bit later but for now, I just want to say thank you to Janyne for getting the thread going!
Anne


2023-01-04 6:35 AM
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Originally posted by canadarn2001
Originally posted by amd723

Originally posted by canadarn2001
Originally posted by amd723

 

NAME: amd723/ Ann-Marie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava ( unlike Janyne I have no idea what my Strava address is or even how to find it), I’m on twitter ( @fionnmac723) but i don’t really post much and what I do trends liberal so be warned!, and FB but also don’t really post unless it’s on the wire haired pointing griffon site !

STORY: I'm an attorney for a law enforcement agency. Ive been there for 20 years . Before that I was a prosecutor. I am now thinking about when I can retire and cursing the stock market.

FAMILY STATUS: I’m single, no kids but I do have a dog (Teddy) who is at least as much work as a child.

CURRENT TRAINING: I am currently in a sort of base stage for Chattanooga 70.3 while also being on the DL. It’s a fun mix.

2023 RACES/EVENTS:

The only thing I’m currently signed up for is Chatty 70.3  I hope to do some 5-10ks but those are on the back burner until I can actually run again.

GOALS: Get healed and stay that way! Always have fun.

WHAT MAKES ME A GOOD MANATEE: I enjoy supporting my Manatee friends! I have learned a lot from past Manatee groups and I hope to learn from this group as well! I stole this from Janyne, bc I agree with the sentiment. 

 

Let's plan a meet up in Chattanooga. We can take a pic to prove it!

Sounds like a plan!  Now, what is ringette?!

Ringette! It's the best sport in the history of sports. It's like hockey but you use a stick WITHOUT a blade. You use a blue rubber ring (instead of a puck) which you pass up and down the ice using your stick. It's 5 on 5 with a goalie like hockey but the rules are different such as you have to pass over the blue lines. It's played only by GIRLS. It was really popular when I was growing up then as the years went on my entire team switched to hockey. Not sure if it's still popular. I think it's a Canadian thing. I bet Jenn played!

                                                                                                                           ^^^^^. I can't comment on that, but I can say it is not a Florida thing! 

2023-01-04 7:10 AM
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Originally posted by abake Happy New Year Manatees! I've been remiss in checking the forum but hope to do better in 2023. Will post up my bio a bit later but for now, I just want to say thank you to Janyne for getting the thread going! Anne

Welcome back Anne!

2023-01-04 7:11 AM
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Racing Manatees!!!
Special Wednesday Edition

January 4-8
Randee - Dopey Challenge

Doooo eeeettttt!!!!!!

2023-01-04 7:20 AM
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Oh, I may have to add this to my race schedule. 

2023 Save the Manatee 5K
October 7, 2023

https://everalracemgt.enmotive.com/events/register/2023-save-the-manatee-5k

I'd do the virtual.

2023-01-04 8:56 AM
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Originally posted by jmkizer

Oh, I may have to add this to my race schedule. 

2023 Save the Manatee 5K
October 7, 2023

https://everalracemgt.enmotive.com/events/register/2023-save-the-manatee-5k

I'd do the virtual.

I do this race virtually just about every year.


2023-01-05 7:33 AM
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Originally posted by ceilidh
Originally posted by jmkizer

Oh, I may have to add this to my race schedule. 

2023 Save the Manatee 5K
October 7, 2023

https://everalracemgt.enmotive.com/events/register/2023-save-the-manatee-5k

I'd do the virtual.

I do this race virtually just about every year.

We'll count on you for a reminder when it gets closer ;-)

2023-01-05 10:01 PM
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NAME: Karen

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: FB only. It is (or should be) visible to friends only. You can friend-request me if you like lots of pictures of cats, nature, sweaty me doing various workouts and events, and the occasional poem.

STORY: I'm an elementary teacher (currently 4th and 5th grades) and spent most of my career overseas. Returned to the US long-term after my dad passed away in 2018 to "take care of" my 84 year old Mom. (Actually, she's in very good shape. Most days it's not that clear who's taking care of who.) I have been involved in endurance sports (running and swimming) since at least age 10, informally before that. Oddly, I did not do my first tri until I was 41 My first swim coach was one of the early Ironmen. I saw how hard he trained, plus the video of Julie Moss crawling over thje finish line at Kona was imprinted on my young mind. I was terrified of all things tri and thought all tris were full IM until I was talked into doing a sprint at age 41. Have always been a solid distance swimmer but nothing outstanding. Once upon a time, I was a decent runner---2:43 marathon and one of the youngest US women to run in the Olympic Trials Marathon (at 17). I still love running but am a lot slower. Aging sucks! Obviously, I do this because I love it. From a young age I've enjoyed doing "crazy" things that people think aren't possible, especially if they are outdoors and physical.

FAMILY STATUS: Single, live with Mom. We are Mom/Grandma to three cats: Smudgee, Tomoko, and Shelby.

CURRENT TRAINING: In a base-building phase, focusing on HIM, which tends to be my best/favorite distance, I guess. I am working with my coach again after a very undisciplined year last year. (I didn't choose any events till March, or start focused raining for them until..... May? June?)

THIS YEAR'S RACES/EVENTS: Registered for Oregon 70.3 (because I didn't want to make any more travel arrangements on top of the next race!) and 70.3 Worlds in Lahti, Finland (somehow managed to qualify by winning my AG at Calgary last summer). Maybe a few shorter local events if timing works out. I would really like to do an open water swim event (3-5K maybe) or two but still looking into it.

GOALS/OBJECTIVES/DESIRES: Get/stay healthy (rarely have serious injuries but constant niggles--a lifelong issue, it seems), pay more attention to strength training, recovery, and resilience, be better prepared for my events and perform up to my ability, have fun.

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MANATEE: I don't have any in-person friends or close acquaintances who are triathletes, so it's fun to have a group of people to share experiences and laughs with. I have been involved in endurance sports for a long time so can serve as a warning of what not to do in many cases.

Edited by Hot Runner 2023-01-05 10:06 PM
2023-01-06 6:16 AM
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Subject: RE: Marvelous Manatees - Stronger than Ever!
Originally posted by melbo55

Thank you, Janyne, for keeping us going!

NAME: Melanie

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Strava: Melanie Payton, Twitter: @mpayton15 (I don't post much), Facebook: Melanie (Landis) Payton

STORY: Formerly very active in triathlon, looking to possibly get that back, or at least back to being active, period.  The COVID years haven't been good to me as I recently slipped even from my favorites of biking and swimming (then running, LOL).  Currently playing ice hockey (goalie), so at least something.  I enjoy most anything outdoors: hiking, kayaking, S/B/R, photography, etc.  This past year has been one of the least active in my adult life, I think.  Not proud of that fact.

FAMILY STATUS: Married and caring for my dear, aging Jack Russell: she'll be 17 in March!!

CURRENT TRAINING: See story

THIS YEAR'S RACES/EVENTS: None chosen or registered for yet.  I had a goal of getting some running races accomplished, like some bucket list HMs but I've not been consistent at my restarts of running. Might do swim events or tris, we'll see.

GOALS/OBJECTIVES/DESIRES: I want to get back to a better level of activity and drop some weight (again, thanks, COVID years)

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MANATEE: The Manatees are such a supportive, good group of good people.  I can add my $.02 here and there on some topics and I try to encourage with inspires, even if not quite often enough.




I played hockey growing up (right until the end of high school)! So fun!
2023-01-06 6:20 AM
in reply to: Hot Runner

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Subject: RE: Marvelous Manatees - Stronger than Ever!
Originally posted by Hot Runner

NAME: Karen

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: FB only. It is (or should be) visible to friends only. You can friend-request me if you like lots of pictures of cats, nature, sweaty me doing various workouts and events, and the occasional poem.

STORY: I'm an elementary teacher (currently 4th and 5th grades) and spent most of my career overseas. Returned to the US long-term after my dad passed away in 2018 to "take care of" my 84 year old Mom. (Actually, she's in very good shape. Most days it's not that clear who's taking care of who.) I have been involved in endurance sports (running and swimming) since at least age 10, informally before that. Oddly, I did not do my first tri until I was 41 My first swim coach was one of the early Ironmen. I saw how hard he trained, plus the video of Julie Moss crawling over thje finish line at Kona was imprinted on my young mind. I was terrified of all things tri and thought all tris were full IM until I was talked into doing a sprint at age 41. Have always been a solid distance swimmer but nothing outstanding. Once upon a time, I was a decent runner---2:43 marathon and one of the youngest US women to run in the Olympic Trials Marathon (at 17). I still love running but am a lot slower. Aging sucks! Obviously, I do this because I love it. From a young age I've enjoyed doing "crazy" things that people think aren't possible, especially if they are outdoors and physical.

FAMILY STATUS: Single, live with Mom. We are Mom/Grandma to three cats: Smudgee, Tomoko, and Shelby.

CURRENT TRAINING: In a base-building phase, focusing on HIM, which tends to be my best/favorite distance, I guess. I am working with my coach again after a very undisciplined year last year. (I didn't choose any events till March, or start focused raining for them until..... May? June?)

THIS YEAR'S RACES/EVENTS: Registered for Oregon 70.3 (because I didn't want to make any more travel arrangements on top of the next race!) and 70.3 Worlds in Lahti, Finland (somehow managed to qualify by winning my AG at Calgary last summer). Maybe a few shorter local events if timing works out. I would really like to do an open water swim event (3-5K maybe) or two but still looking into it.

GOALS/OBJECTIVES/DESIRES: Get/stay healthy (rarely have serious injuries but constant niggles--a lifelong issue, it seems), pay more attention to strength training, recovery, and resilience, be better prepared for my events and perform up to my ability, have fun.

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MANATEE: I don't have any in-person friends or close acquaintances who are triathletes, so it's fun to have a group of people to share experiences and laughs with. I have been involved in endurance sports for a long time so can serve as a warning of what not to do in many cases.


2:43 marathoner and qualified for the Olympic trials!! Whew! I am exciting to be going to Lathi with you! I hope we can meet up! How can I request to have you add me as your friend on FB. I love all things that have to do with cats, nature and working out!
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